Category Archives: cupidity

Lead and what we can learn from it

We have known since Biblical times that lead is poisonous, especially to children whose light weight and growing minds make them particularly susceptible to lead exposure. One of my current heroes. Dr. Michael Greger, has just started a series of short videos on lead, what we knew and when we knew it, what to do about lead poisoning, and other salient and important issues to the modern world. His first video in the series, which can be found here, tells a tale all too common in our capitalist society, an industry digging in its heels against regulation to profit as long as it can, selling poisons to the uneducated masses. We’ve seen this before with the tobacco industry, and we see it now with the naysayers on climate change and the egregious behavior of Monsanto.

When science points to something bad that is happening and we can ameliorate the problem, a civilized society will address it. Note that Europe banned lead in 1909 (we did it in 1978) and has banned Roundup for years. But in corporate America, industry is king. We are bound to keep repeating the tobacco story in myriad different arenas unless we choose to learn from our past mistakes. There should be outrage, but there is barely a whimper.

Daily Prompt: Waiting Room

“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?

It depends on what it is. I want many things I will never have, but the desire for these things fuels my writing, where I can have them and so much more. On the other hand, waiting for a bus, even in the shelter, can be a bear in winter, and the patience wears thin in just a few minutes. We live in a world of acquisitiveness and excess consumerism. I don’t need anything that world can foist on me. Black Friday? Who cares?

And then there are the changes that come too fast, like shopping on Thanksgiving Day.  Nope, not going there. Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween. Not my cup of tea. The whole world has gone crazy with this cupidity, this desire to have and acquire. And to have to have it right now, whomever it discommodes. Even the fanatics in the religious world have to have it right now. Either the Caliphate or the Second Coming, take your pick.

Acquisitiveness is a double edged sword. When you get something new, the newness wears off and you need a new target. So you can be satisfied, but it’s temporary. It’s like a hamster running full tilt on its wheel in its cage. But give him a liberty ball and he can see the world, and lie down and sleep when he’s had enough. If we had learned that lesson, it would be okay. But look at the ads on tv and the social media circus which gives new meaning to “keeping up with the Joneses next door.”

Thank you, I will wait, as patiently as possible, for things to come to fruition. Baby steps of progress are fine with me. I will use my time well while waiting, so I can start waiting for the next thing, when the first thing comes in. It improves the mind and chastens the soul. The world should try it.

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